Thursday, 26 March 2015

My 2015 Adventure : Day 5 & 6

Chanzie's  2015

Travel Adventures:

 Kingston on Thames & London

Hello Everyone

I must say that I have been very blessed to have some sunshine every single day so far! There is a huge part of my heart that is missing home already, guess that is normal and well just culture shock to a degree I guess. I could fit in here easily but in a way I don't - if that makes any sense! I didn't quite expect to be alone so much in my first week. 

On Monday (23/03) I walked to Kingston! The sun was shining, I suited up in my keep warm gear, plugged into ipod and walked along the Thames River. To be honest I was a bit freaked out to take the bus in case it didn't take me where I wanted to go!! It was a far stretch to walk but not too far. 

Initially I stuck to the places I had already been to with my cousin. I dined by myself for the first time! I went and had lunch at a place called Yo!Sushi. (Obviously *tee hee*). They have

a different variety that's for sure. After that I wondered around a bit more and found some of the cutest shops. The cold outside / heat inside things is a huge adjustment for me. My favourite shop of the day was Primark. I could have shopped up a storm there but was very good and limited myself. I still have a long month ahead of me! To end off the day I found my way back to Woody's and had the most divine Strawberry-Lime Cider. Yum - that is all! I braved it and caught the bus home and made it back in one piece!! #KeepingItLocal

On Tuesday (24/03) I ventured into London on my own! I had a plan initially to go to Portobello Road but after some research saw that it would be best to go on a Saturday. Now what?? My cousin had pointed out some things to me in the morning and sent me a few address of some car shops I might like to see. So I decided to wing it. 

For some reason I took a wrong turn and had a round about route to the station but I did find my way! I bought my day pass and was ordering coffee when an old man ran up to me asking if this was my pass. I had grabbed the receipt and didn't take the ticket. I didn't realise 2 cards popped out because it wasn't like that the day before... Anyway small blessings #Grateful 

I caught the train to Wimbledon and needed to change on to a district line that would take me to Earls Court. Now it may sound like I knew what I was doing but I just owned it and pretended I did *tee hee* On the next train I sat across from two guys from South Hampton. After checking I was indeed on the right train, they asked if I was from South Africa. I looked at them with big eyes and replied 'How did you know?' I burst out laughing. They then proceeded to ask me if I was from Johannesburg and if there were Wilderbeest in the street that messed with our traffic #Really??? This... after just discussing that SA is a car driven society and not a train/tube type one. I actually sat in amazement for a few moments at this question... No sorry my Zebra only goes so fast! #Really #DidYouJustAskThat

Once I got to Earl's court I hopped onto the Piccadilly line which I used most of the day. First stop was Knightsbridge. As awesome, fun and exciting as was I actually found myself feeling a bit lost, overwhelmed and moedeloos to a degree. I like to share my experiences with someone versus doing it all on my own. I was here in this massive city and wasn't really sure where to go. My goal has been to just enjoy the moment for what it is, go with the flow and appreciate where I am. I pushed through, I ended up mastering the trains and actually made my way round to quite a few places. 

First stop was the Mclaren Shop on Knightsbridge Street. I wondered around after that into Harrods where I randomly had a conversation with a Spanish guy who travels to Barcelona every two weeks and drives a scooter #Random #FunnyStuff. He was quite sweet and offered some more tips of places to visit in the area. After that I found the Louis Vutton Store!!! #InstantLove The cheapest smallest wallet was 200 pounds *sigh* 

I was in awe as I passed all the famous amazing designer stores. It felt like Millionaires lane or something... speaking of which I felt very under dressed and out of place - Like I had a huge blinking sign that said "Tourist" as I consulted my map book. 

Next stop... South Kengsington. I found another starbucks and got my mocha dose. I stopped by Lamborghini, Ferrari & Christies art gallery - amazing stuff. After that I made my way back to Covent Gardens and popped into Chinatown before making my way to Victoria station to meet my cousin and go watch Wicked, a musical at the Apollo Victoria Theatre. We supper at this tiny little Italian restaurant across the road. 

It was amazing and so brilliantly done. Do you know you can pre-order your drinks for the interval?? We eventually got home at about 11pm after taking 2 trains and a taxi. 

So to some it all up I lost myself in London but at the same time found myself. There is a big part of me missing home with a sore heart but I think it should get better when I get to see my bestie on the weekend. 

I still have 3 weeks to go!!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

My 2015 Adventure : Day 3 & 4

Chanzie's Travels 2015 Adventures:

 Mercedes-Benz World & London

Hello Everyone!!!

Wow what an intense 2 days it has been. On Saturday (21/03) we were initially going to chill at home and I was going to go on a walk around Molesey to take some photos, then my cousin Andrew decided it was a great day to go down to Mercedes-Benz World (MBW). 

On the way there we first stopped at McLaren. Unfortunately we weren't able to go inside, but I still loved seeing it! Then we ventured down to MBW and wow...  As we walked in I was just in awe... all those beautiful cars. Anyone who knows me will know what the best parts were for me... Yes I saw 4 Formula 1 cars as well as the suspended one! I think I took a million pictures all from different angles. While I was walking around I sent photos to my friend Tom in SA *tee hee* I know he would have loved to been there! Clearly I did not mention that I am a Vettel fan and am on the Ferrari support team. You know what they say... When in Rome! For that day I was totally team Mercedes and Hamilton's fan. 

You know one of the strangest things... they had these mini F1 cars for Rosberg and Schumacher but there wasn't one for Hamilton? Weird. 

Then............Andrew arranged for us to go on a Driving Experience in one of the newer cars around the testing facility. Wow.. just amazingly fantastic and awesome! It was only supposed to be 15 minutes but we got 25 minutes! Andrew thought they must have had a soft spot for us but Kate (Andrew's wife) laughed and said it was more like the driver had a soft spot for me, my green eyes and SA accent. *Flirt flirt wink wink* 

After that we made our way home. #LovingLife

On Sunday (22/03) it was our travel explore London day! We left the house at about 10 am and literally had to speed walk to the Hampton Court Station. It was my first trip on the train, it was awesome. I might be overwhelmed when I make that first trip on my own this week. We hopped off at Vauxhall station and came out by MI6 - wait what... that is a real building and place.... 

Another amazing moment was that we got to go inside St Paul's Cathedral. No pictures are allowed and it was absolutely breathtaking. I lit a candle and got to say a little prayer. 

The amount of expensive beautiful cars we saw was insane!! On our way to Covent Garden we passed the Bond in Motion Museum and just around the corner was a display of every single Bond car!!! 

We had a pub lunch at the Taylor-Walker Pub where we defrosted and had a Pint. 

We explored, explored and explored some more. Andrew isn't much of a shopping person so I will have to go back to some of the places like Covet Gardens. Some of the places we saw were: MI6, MI5, Big Ben, The London Eye, A huge book exchange(no I didn't buy anything), Starbucks, the Shard, an amazing church, a few ruin type places, The tower bridge, The Royal Court, St Paul's Cathedral, Piccadilly Square, Trafalgar square and we ended off walking across this steel  millennium bridge and having a glass of wine watching the sunset over the London Skyline. We got home at about 8:30pm and I just crashed... again!

Performers we saw: Some Trick Bicycle peeps, a lady with a glass ball that looked like it was floating, A tight-rope walker and best of all some street dancers. (Check out the snippet)

On the way home we even passed the South African Embassy. 

A quick note... I was quite cold ok.. no shock there.. but but but... There were girls walking around with tiny tops showing off there tummies, girls wearing mini's with or without stockings.. stockings not even tights. My cheeks are constantly pink from the cold (Andrew says its from the Cider) but really.. I didn't even need to pack in my blush. It's like freezer burn.. reverse sunburn. This is a new feature for me *rofl* 

Anyway let me get out and about before the day flies by!

Monday, 23 March 2015

My 2015 Adventure (Day 1 &2) : Hello Molesey

Chanzie's Travels 2015 Adventures

Day 1 & 2

Hello Lovelies!!

Wow.. I can barely believe I am here in the UK!! I still have to pinch myself sometimes just to make sure it's real...

In the morning my Mom and I rushed around picking up some last minute stuff before I flew out from Port Elizabeth at about 1pm on Thursday the 19/03. I arrived at OR Tambo in Johannesburg at about 2:45pm. I collected my luggage and walked what felt like 10 kms to the International Departures side pulling my luggage that weighed a ton - I didn't even over pack!! When I got there they politely informed me I couldn't check my luggage in for at least another hour. I grabbed a table at the closest coffee shop and watched some Youtube videos, ranging from SYTYCD routines, judo videos to music videos by my favourite artists while having a hazelnut hot chocolate type drink. To say I overheated in the airport was an understatement - I had jeans on and my warmest boots on while carrying around my first ascent jacket. I knew I was going from a comfy warm 24 degrees to a chilly freezing 4 degrees when I landed!!

After checking-in my luggage an hour and a half later I made my way down to Mug & Bean to meet my sister-in-law and nephew for a quick catch up and cup of coffee, before going to the boarding gate. We took off at 9pm!

Out of about 4 movies I only ended up watching 1: Dracula Untold. It was ok good - not fantastic but not bad either. I eventually fell asleep half way through watching some Foo Fighters documentary which was actually quite interesting. 10 hours of sitting/sleeping in the same tiny chair... yeah I am sore all over!!!

We landed at about 6:20am, after making my way through collecting my luggage (they broke the handle on my bag!!! sigh) and passport control I finally made it to my cousin Andrew. We got lost in the parking lot trying to find his car *tee hee*. Honestly it was not as cold as I expected it to be! 

It took us about 20 minutes to get to his house in Molesey. Yes I pointed out all the red buses and took in everything with wonder. We got home, I unpacked and showered, making myself completely at home. I met my youngest cousin, Thomas, who is about 9 months old and he is just too gorgeous! He instantly stole my heart. 

We took a walk to the local Tesco for some groceries for lunch. I was loving it, I even found my favuorite chocolate, Reeses Cups!! I haven't had these since I was in the USA. It was a rather chill day, we took Thomas to his swimming lesson - kids are just amazing, I was stressing every time he went under water, yet he was loving it!

After lunch we took a scenic walk through Molesey down to Hampton Station and proceeded to walk through the Lion Gate entrance to Hampton court palace & Bushy park. I am definitely going back there with my camera!! We caught a red bus down to Kingston on Thames and went to get a local sim for me to use while I am here. I am amazed at the great deals they have... wow. I can't say I am really using it yet but more as a hotspot for my normal cell number.

After that we made our way down to the Thames River, I had my first pint with my cousin sitting outside a pub called Woody's on the wall of the river watching a beautiful sunset. It was beautiful and then it got very cold quite quickly. From there we started making our way home. We stopped off at another pub called Bells where I had a half pint of Thatchers cider. I was a little numb from the cold when we eventually got home, but at least not a frozen ice block!! 

After thawing out I called my Bestie!!! It was so good to hear her voice on a normal phone - No internet pauses or dropping of calls. A few friends back home were teasing me about what I was missing out on being away from home but I have a sneaky suspicion they might be missing me already... *tee hee*

This morning I was plotting my adventures on a huge map! everything looks the same on there I tell you... Next week I'll be catching the tube to London on my own.. See why I needed a local sim... 

I am excited to be here and have as much fun as possible. 

I'll keep you updated. 

Friday, 13 February 2015

Audiobook Review: One Foot in the Grave (Night Huntress #2) by Jeaniene Frost

Series: Night Huntress #2
Publisher: Audible
Publication Date: 29 April 2008
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Source: Audible
Audio or Book: Audio
Length: 9 hours 47 minutes
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert


You can run from the grave, but you can’t hide…

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield is now Special Agent Cat Crawfield, working for the government to rid the world of the rogue undead. She’s still using everything Bones, her sexy and dangerous ex, taught her, but when Cat is targeted for assassination, the only man who can help her is the vampire she left behind.

Being around Bones awakens all her emotions, from the adrenaline rush of slaying vamps side by side to the reckless passion that consumed them. But a price on her head—wanted: dead or half-alive—means her survival depends on teaming up with Bones. And no matter how hard Cat tries to keep things professional between them, she’ll find that desire lasts forever…and Bones won’t let her get away again. Original.

Previous reviews:
Reckoning #0.5
Halfway to the Grave #1

My Review:
Wow, where do I even begin. I loved this series before and I love it even more now! It took me a while to be able to squeeze this one in as I had 2 audio reviews that were priority above this one. Cat and Bones are by far my number 1 paranormal couple. Jeaniene has made my top author list and I kick myself for waiting so long to get to her books!!!

If you ever wanted to try out an audio book.. start with this series. I used my first free token to grab book 1, another one for book 2 and now I am going to enter all the audiobook competitions I can find so I can get book 3! 

Narrator: 5/5 Tavia Scott - I love her narrating and will listen to anything by her! I cannot sing enough praise for this awesome lady. She has set the bar high for audiobook narrators in my opinion. 

Characters & Storyline: 5/5

Jeaniene creates wonderful and colourful characters. She draws you in and you experience everything with them. 

Cat - I love Cat!! She is sassy, fun, smart and well just all round brilliant. I was heart-broken at the end of Halfway to the Grave and wanted to whack Cat over the head with her own book. I am happy to say that she got some sense knocked into her and I loved every moment of this adventure. 

Bones - oh *swoon* melts in a puddle.... sigh... oh sorry were you waiting to hear more about this absolutely delicious character? Bones is as swoonworthy as ever and he knows just how to handle Cat. Every girl could only hope to find a man who loves her like that. 

Justina - Grrr... I couldn't handle Cat's mom the first time round and I didn't like her any better the second time round. I am so happy Cat is learning to stand up to her!! I love it when Bones is straight with and scares the nillies out of her!!!! 

Dawn - Wow now there is a surprise waiting for you guys!!! I did not see that one coming. 

Tate, Juan and Cooper - Juan is by far my favourite characters (Other than Bones). He cracked me up so many times and I think I smiled every time he was in a scene. Cooper and Tate are your typical male macho characters but you love them anyway - even with their arrogance. All 3 would give their lives for Cat any day of the week and they sure proved it. 

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 5/5  
Plot = amazing. Pace = Perfect. This story is filled with so many swoonworthy moments and not to mention the steamy ones that had me blushing in traffic! Jeaniene takes you through every single emotion imaginable and then wrings you out some more. I don't think I can sing enough praise for Jeaniene. I will be listening to this series time and time again for sure. One thing I love about her is that she doesn't leave us with cliffhangers but with enough to make us want to read the next book. Jeaniene pulled out quite the emotional card for this one - linked to friendship. 

Cover talk: 5/5 Love the cover! 

Final Thoughts: An fantastic follow up book and I cannot wait to move on to book 3. Anyone want to donate it for my Birthday/Christmas/Just cause you love me???  *tee hee*

My Rating:

Books in the series :

Author Bio:
Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, and the upcoming Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

Author Links:Goodreads l Twitter l Website